Bologna v AC Milan
Milan’s return to the Champions League hasn’t gone at all well with successive defeats to Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Porto, even if all three losses have come by one-goal margins and an early red card hampered them against the Spanish champions. However, they remain unbeaten in Serie A this season, where they’ve won 11 of 13 games dating back to the start of May, with one of the exceptions coming on the road at Juventus. Ante Rebic may be a doubt for this clash, but Stefano Pioli isn’t lacking firepower with both Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in action.
Bologna will be pleased with their current standing of eighth in the league, with the highlight of their season a 3-0 win hosting Lazio just prior to the international break. However, they are capable of the other extreme, with the low point of their campaign a 6-1 defeat away to Inter. They’ve lost 13 of 17 encounters since the start of last season with the top seven sides, while they’ve suffered defeat in 10 of 11 winless clashes with Milan since May 2016, including all five since the start of 2019.
AC MILAN TO WIN
Roma v Napoli
Napoli have won nine of 11 matches in all competitions this season and are currently on a run of six wins from their past seven outings. They’re yet to falter domestically, winning all eight league games as they’ve conceded just three goals, though have left it late on occasion as they’ve struck the winner in the final 10 minutes in encounters with Genoa, Juventus and Torino. They’ll feel confident having won four of five clashes with Roma since 2019, including each of the past three, while they’ve also bagged victory in four of five at this venue since the 2016/17 season.
Roma won their first six games in all competitions this season, though they’ve since seen their form dip with four defeats from the past seven appearances, including a painful 6-1 defeat to Norwegian outfit Bodo Glimt on Thursday in Europe. Although Jose Mourinho rotated his squad for that clash, it’s worrying that their only encounters with their fellow top-seven sides have both ended in defeat, with Lazio winning the derby and Juventus taking the spoils last weekend.
NAPOLI TO WIN
Inter Milan v Juventus
These two sides were considered the favourites for the title this season, but Inter find themselves seven points adrift of leaders Napoli and five short of local rivals Milan, while Juventus are a further three points back.
Inter suffered defeat away at Lazio last weekend, with their only other defeat coming against Real Madrid in Europe. However, having also draw with Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk this term, they appear to be struggling in the big games against quality opponents. They’ve only beaten Juventus themselves once in 11 clashes since 2017, losing seven of these, so the Nerazzurri don’t look like coming out on top here.
Juventus have put their early poor form firmly behind them and are now unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions as only Milan took a point off them. That includes seven wins on the bounce now, though all seven of these victories came by one-goal margins as they’re hardly firing on all cylinders.
JUVENTUS DOUBLE CHANCE